A study by researchers with the US National Institute on Drug Abuse concluded that people who smoke marijuana are up to five times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than those who don’t.
According to the Daily Mail, the study was based on an analysis of the mental health and drug usage data of 281,000 adults between the ages of 18-35.
The researchers discovered that only 3% of those who did not smoke cannabis had suicidal thoughts, but this percentage jumped to 14% for those with what was termed as a ‘cannabis use disorder.’
However, the numbers were much more dramatic with those who suffered from depression with 50% of those with ‘cannabis use disorder’ having suicidal thoughts.
The researchers noted:
- Suicidal thoughts increased with higher Marijuana usage;
- Women were more affected by this than men;
- The thoughts progressed to actually planning how they would do it; and
- It resulted in more suicide attempts.